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$50,000 support for Kempsey small businesses

The NSW Government has rolled out $50,000 in support of small businesses in Kempsey to help launch the town into the digital economy.  
 
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro and the Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, made the announcement while visiting Kempsey this morning.

Mr Barilaro said the Future Towns Program is a critical part of the Government’s continued investment in creating jobs across regional NSW.
 
“The funding announced today will attract new businesses to regional towns and ensure existing businesses take full advantage of the rollout of the NBN,” he said.   

“The Future Towns Program will help 20 regional towns become digitally ready and make regional NSW an even more attractive destination for entrepreneurs.”

The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey said there is flexibility in how the funds can be used.

“This is an exciting opportunity to enhance the business community’s digital ready skills, including creating or updating websites and learning how to attract customers and business through effective and timely social media campaigns,” she said.
 
Kempsey Shire Council Manager, Economic Sustainability, Susannah Smith, has already identified how the program will be applied.
 
“We will be using $30,000 to provide digital readiness workshops, training and one-on-one mentoring for Macleay Valley businesses. Council will advertise the opportunity and call for Expressions of Interest in February, with the workshops to be held in May.
 
“We will also use the balance of the funds in equal amounts to update digital content at www.macleayvalleyfoodbowl.com.au and at www.macleayvalleycoast.com.au ,” she said.

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